Bhopal: Impressed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s innovative development schemes, World Bank Managing Director, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, on Thursday lauded Shivraj Singh Chouhan and invited him to the headquarters in Washington DC.

According to a letter written to the Chief Minister by Iweala, World Bank has underlined its intention to expand engagement in a wide range of sectors in Madhya Pradesh.

“The WB wants to discuss MP's development experience, especially regarding development of women and children as the organization holds that these innovations and learning needs to be spread,” the letter said.

In the letter, the WB MD also mentioned her experience of field visit to MP's Raisen district and lauded the welfare schemes being run there. Iweala has also appreciated Chouhan's vision to end malnourishment among children and empower women, it added.

Notably, a WB delegation led by Iweala had called on Chouhan on May 15 and praised the state government's beneficiary schemes.

Presently, a slew of beneficial schemes--Ladli Laxmi, Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan, Gaon Ki Beti, Janani Suraksha, besides reservation for women in pachayats and civic bodies, were being implemented with the co-operation of community in Madhya Pradesh, the government release said.